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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1982
  • pp: 3811–3818

Retinal polarization effects

B. F. Hochheimer and Henry A. Kues  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 3811-3818 (1982)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.21.003811


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Abstract

Retinal photographs taken with crossed polarizers in the input and recording light paths show a cross or brush pattern overlying the macula. Experiments were done indicating that this pattern is due to the birefringence in cone-photoreceptor outer segments. Haidinger’s brushes are also attributed to cone outer segments, but the effect is due to a combination of the dispersion in the birefringence and the dichroism of the outer segments. The objective, polarized-light retinal pattern is shown to be a useful clinical tool for diagnosing diseases affecting the macula.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 29, 1982
Published: November 1, 1982

Citation
B. F. Hochheimer and Henry A. Kues, "Retinal polarization effects," Appl. Opt. 21, 3811-3818 (1982)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-21-21-3811

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